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Reddish Vale Country Park

Snipe-flies are active predators and can often be found sat head-down on fence posts or sunny tree trunks on the look-out for passing prey.

 

They catch smaller insects in flight, taking them back to their look-out post to eat. The larvae live in soil and leaf litter, and are also predatory. The Downlooker Snipe-fly is the most common species.

 

The Downlooker Snipe-fly is mainly orangey-brown in colour, with dark markings down the length of the body and spots on the wings. There are 15 species of snipe-fly in the UK, which can be very difficult to tell apart.

 

Snipe flys can be seen May to August mainly in and around woods and hedgerows.

Snipe Fly

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Reddish Vale Country Park

Snipe Fly